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Men’s Dress Shirt Apron

Whether you’re a beginner sewer or an expert seamstress, you’ll love this easy Men’s Dress Shirt Apron tutorial! Transform an old shirt into a sweet, feminine apron so you can look cute while you cook!
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com


Okay folks, this post is WAY outside of my comfort zone, so bear with me! Sewing is not my strong suit, and I only started teaching myself how to sew a little over a year ago. You won’t find fancy sewing techniques or detailed sewing vocabulary in this tutorial, but you WILL find how even a beginner sewer can tackle a super cute project like this! Sound good? Okay!

Earlier this week I showed you the new shelf in my kitchen and how I decorated it on a budget… Did you check it out? It has wooden pegs underneath the shelf that are perfect for holding kitchen towels, pot holders, and yes, an apron! While browsing our weekly Time to Sparkle link party, I found a stunning apron tutorial from Sugar Beans and knew it was meant to be. This adorable apron had to be mine! 
First I needed to find a men’s dress shirt. My hubby probably wouldn’t be too happy if I took a pair of scissors to any of his shirts, so I swung by Goodwill to pick one up. I found this pretty blue striped shirt in excellent condition for only $2.15! Extra large shirts work best. 
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
I started by cutting off the back and arms from the shirt, leaving the collar attached to the front.

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
I cut right up to the seams but left them intact so I wouldn’t have to hem or have any loose edges. I like to take the easy route whenever I can, especially when it comes to sewing!
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Once you cut off the back, your collar should now look like this:

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
Next I folded the collar up and using a ruler, made a line from the bottom of the armpit to the top of the shoulder. 

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
To make sure both sides were even, I buttoned the shirt all the way up and folded it in half. I used pins to hold the fabric in place and cut along the line. Then I opened the shirt back up and hemmed along the raw edges I just cut on both sides. 

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
To make the ties for the apron, I cut two 4″ wide strips from the back of the shirt. I turned the two long edges under and sewed, then I folded the strip in half and sewed it closed. I cut one end of each tie on the diagonal and hemmed. 

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
Then I attached the straight edge of the ties to the sides of the apron and backstitched several times for reinforcement. Now the main part of the apron is done! 

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
To dress the apron up a bit, I followed Sugar Bean’s advice and cut the cuff off one of the arms and sewed it on the front of the apron for a pocket. I also cut another 4″ strip from the back and sewed a ruffle onto the bottom of the apron. It really gave the apron a finished look and added a ton of girly charm! I just LOVE it!!
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
Remember how I said this is WAY out of my comfort zone? Try modeling an apron in heels while photographing yourself using a tripod in your backyard with road construction crews driving by every 2 minutes… Yeah, this was a challenge! But I love the way the apron turned out, and I think these pictures turned out pretty cute too! What do you think… am I a model? HA!

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
This whole project only cost me the price of a thrift store shirt, and I cannot wait to make more! Christmas presents maybe? 

Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com
I am so proud of myself for tackling this sewing project, and now my pretty new apron proudly hangs on my kitchen shelf!
Learn how to make this sweet apron from a men's dress shirt so you can look cute while you cook! Perfect for beginner sewers! | LoveGrowsWild.com  
Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you can easily tackle this apron too! Hope you enjoy this project, your weekend, and my awkward modeling : )
Thanks again to Sugar Beans for inspiring me!
More projects from my kitchen:
Thrifting & Upcycling: How to Decorate on a Budget

DIY Photo Clipboards

Market Fresh Rustic Kitchen Sign

DIY Rustic Industrial Chalkboard

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Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer!

14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer

School is almost out for Summer, and I can’t wait to have my kids home all day to play with! Well… okay maybe I can. We love being in the kitchen together making delicious food, and to help inspire us this Summer I’ve put together an awesome collection of
14 Fun Recipes To Make With Your Kids This Summer!

*All these amazing recipes were chosen from the Time to Sparkle Link Party I host here every Tuesday!*
These M&M and Pretzel Cookies from Daisy Cottage Designs would be the perfect afternoon treat. I love the sweet and salty combo!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
There’s nothing better on a hot Summer day than some ice cream! This Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream from The Rookie Cook sounds so refreshing!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Every time I go to the mall, I try to fight the intense urge to devour those delicious smelling pretzels from the food court, but now I can make them at home! These Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots from I Heart Eating are on my must-do list this Summer!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
With the kids home all day in the Summer, we get tired of eating the same old snacks all the time. Design, Dining, and Diapers shared these Hummus Turkey Wraps that not only look delicious but are super healthy too!  
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
This time of year we are always busy with baseball season, and I’m pretty sure I would be Mom of the Year if I made these Little League Baseball Cupcakes from Worth Pinning! Check out what she made the little mitts from!
 14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
These Thin Sugar Cookies from Crazy for Crust are totally calling my name! And with all those pretty sprinkles I’m sure my kiddos would love them too!
 14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
It’s not Summer without getting to enjoy some Funnel Cake, and now you can make your own with this recipe from Twigg Studios!
 14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
What kid doesn’t love a banana split? The Lady Behind the Curtain turned her Banana Split into Cupcakes!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Kids and chicken nuggets go hand-in-hand, and this recipe for Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets and Sauce from Love Pomegranate House will definitely be a regular in our house!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
After long days playing outside, your kids will need to fuel up with some yummy snacks! These No Bake Monster Trail Mix Granola Bars from Mom On Timeout will definitely do the trick.
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
I love Summer mornings because there’s no rushing around to make the bus on time. I have plenty of time to spoil my kiddos with a yummy breakfast and this recipe for True Belgian Waffles from Kristin Duke Photography sounds incredible! I’ll take a big stack of those please!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Nutella and peanut buter are a marriage made in heaven, and I can’t wait to make these Chewy Nutella Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Addiction for my little ones!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Muffins rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar… Yes please! These Cowboy Muffins from I Should Be Mopping The Floor will certainly put a smile on your little cowboy and cowgirl’s faces! 
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Late Summer nights watching movies are the best, and a big bowl of this Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn from Pint Sized Baker would be the perfect addition!
14 Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer at LoveGrowsWild.com #recipes #kids #summer
Which recipe would you most love to try with your kids? 

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12 Projects for Home and 10 Delicious Recipes to Try!

Join me today over at Occasionally Crafty to check out this ”Grow Your Dreams” Watering Can Planter I created for Spring Fling Week! Be sure to take a look at the other spring-inspired projects and enter the Spring Fling Giveaway to win an amazing prize package including baker’s twine, fabric, gift certificates, and more!
Grow Your Dreams Watering Can Planter by Love Grows Wild www.lovegrowswild.com #garden #flowers #diy
It’s been 4 weeks now since we started the Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, and I have been blown away at all the talent and creativity linked up each week! You guys are seriously amazing! Tuesdays have become my favorite day of the week when I get to be inspired by all of you!
I wanted to shine a spotlight on the projects that have really wowed me over the past month, so I’ve decided to do a round-up once a month of my favorite links from the party. I hope you enjoy all these amazing features as much as I have! 
12 Crafty & DIY Projects For Home
12 Craft & DIY Projects for Home at Love Grows Wild www.lovegrowswild.com #diy #craft #homedecor

Garden Hose Spring Wreath by Create Craft Love
Ampersand Throw Pillow from Love Pomegranate House
Pie Tray Sign from The Moon and Me
Easy T-Shirt Canvas Art from At Home With The Barkers
Chalkboard Lazy Susan from The Messy Roost
Spring Yarn Wreath from Unoriginal Mom
DIY Geometric Wall Art from Pretty Providence
Crafty Bathroom Makeover from Maybe I Will
Vintage Newspaper Dresser from The Vintage Estate
DIY Playroom Ideas from Thrive 360 Living
Repurposed Candle Jars from Restoration Beauty
Paper Dahlia Wreath from Love Pomegranate House
10 Delicious New Recipes to Try

10 Delicious New Recipes to Try at Love Grows Wild www.lovegrowswild.com #recipe #food

Reese's Ice Cream Cupcakes from Pumpkin and a Princess
Pink Lemonade Fudge from Shugary Sweets
Cinnamon Biscones with Vanilla Glaze from Eat Cake For Dinner
Honey Mustard Pretzel Crusted Chicken Salad from Half Baked Harvest
Strawberry Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Yin Mom Yang Mom
Lemon Meringue Rice Krispie Treats from The Sweet Chick
Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip & Fruit Kabobs from Love Pomegranate House
Everything Slider Buns from Dessert Now Dinner Later
Almond Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies from Lemons for Lulu
Strawberry Salsa & Cinnamon Sugar Chips from Shaken Together
Click here to grab a button if you were featured! Make sure to party with us each week at Time to Sparkle! Will you be featured next month? 
Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party at Love Grows Wild www.lovegrowswild.com

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